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English study tips you should know

Are you learning English at the moment? Need to know some English study tips. Sometimes it can be difficult to know how to improve certain skills, for example reading and listening skills, vocabulary and phrasal verbs, punctuation, spelling and even making phone calls in English! You can speak to your friends or other English language students to ask if they have any tips to improve your English but the best people to ask are actual English language teachers!

Below you will find various English study tips written by Bloomsbury International English teachers:

How to learn phrasal verbs by TaraEnglish study tips, teacher Tara

1) Organise phrasal verbs by different contexts (i.e. relationships or travel, rather than by the verb or preposition). This will help you memorise them.

2) Make a note of phrasal verbs that you see and hear by keeping a journal. Remember that they can often carry multiple meanings.

3) Choose 5 phrasal verbs from a particular context, and write a short story to check your understanding. Here are five to start you off: go out, break up, make up, break down, settle down

Improving English punctuation by DickyEnglish teacher Dicky

–  Use exclamation marks to show anger and surprise, but do not use them for essays or formal writing.
I didn’t know the sandwiches at Bloomsbury were so delicious!
– Use semicolons to link two sentences which are closely related.
Don’t be late for school; you’ll have to wait until breaktime to join your class. 
– Use colons when you are about to start a list or a quotation.
You can prepare for many different exams at Bloomsbury: IELTS, FCE, CAE. 

Sending short messages in English by Jack

1. When we are sending messages to our friends, we tend to leave out grammatical words such as pronouns, conjunctions and articles.  For example, ‘there is a tube strike next week, so make sure you plan your route carefully’ might be written ‘tube strike next week- plan your route carefully’.

2. Almost everyone I know uses the smartphone apps ‘Whatspp’ or ‘Line’. A good way to practice your English is to form a group with your classmates. You can then use this to organise events, discuss homework or simply to say hello.

3. Don’t forget to use punctuation even when writing short messages- it will help prevent misunderstandings. 

Read more about text message abbreviations.

When to say sorry in English by EvaEnglish teacher Eva

Saying ‘sorry’ in English can get you out of trouble in all kinds of social situations.

  • When you don’t hear what some has said
  • When you don’t understand a joke
  • When you want the attention of a waiter or waitress
  • When you are asking a shop assistant for help
  • When you need to check your phone in front of other people

Research shows that Brits can say ‘sorry’ up to 1.9 million times during their lifetime. Can you think of other situations when we say it?

Read more about how to apologise in English.

Improving your reading skills by SteveEnglish teacher Steve

1. Read what you are interested in, what you would normally read in your first language.

2. Predict the content of a story from the title or headline.

3. Learn 5 chunks of vocabulary from each text you read. This will improve your reading speed over time.

Improving English spelling by Dicky

My English study tips are as follows:

1. Make a list of any words that your teacher has corrected on your written work or that you were not sure of and checked in a dictionary or spell checker. Remember to look at this list regularly.

2. Download a word game like Scrabble or Boggle to your mobile phone or tablet (or play an online game on your computer).

If you follow these tips, I’m sure your spelling will improve quickly! Come and speak to me for more spelling tips and advice.

Making phone calls in English by Paulina

1. Create a list of expressions you can use for different contexts. For example, the informal equivalent for ‘one moment please’ is ‘hang on a sec’ or ‘just a minute’.

2. Role-play phone calls with a friend. You can start by reading from a script first. 

3. Phone calls in a foreign language are challenging, especially when you don’t know the other caller. Find a quiet place with little background noise to make life easier for you both.

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Fill the gap with a semicolon (;) or colon (:)

  1. This is my uncle Tom_ he used to live in London but he moved to Sydney last year.
  2. I went to the cinema last night_ however, I didn’t like the film.
  3. I’ve had many jobs_ teaching, administration, singing and marketing.
  4. The trees were covered in snow this morning_ it was so beautiful to see.
  5. The Union Jack flag has 3 colours_ red, white and blue.

Last week’s answers

Active or Passive?

  1. Helen ate the last piece of carrot cake. – Active
  2. He was introduced to his colleagues on his first day at work. – Passive
  3. The bank was robbed by a man in a balaclava. – Passive
  4. I took the exam last week. – Active
  5. The cinema was built 10 years ago. – Passive

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